Writing – Task One – Academic

What do you know about Task One writing? What are the rules? What are the examiners expecting? What should you do?

Think about the task below. Spend a few minutes planning your response. Then check if you did all of the things mentioned below. Look at the features of the example answer. In particular, note the length and structure and then note the use of synonyms and  complex sentence structures.



Write an introduction with an overview
Imagine that the person you are writing for cannot see the graph. Tell them what it’s about.

Tell them …

  • The type of graph (bar, pie, line)
  • Title and dates – (don’t use exactly the same sentence structure as question or legend)
  • The scale

Provide …

  • An overview – What is the main thing that you can see easily?

Report the main information

  • Use approximate numbers (eg. 40 mms from Jul through to Sep)
  • Use words like – while, whereas, in contrast to, etc. – in complex sentences to compare different aspects of the information
  • Use a range of synonyms


  • Write at least 150 words (fewer words means you will lose marks!)
  • Use one paragraph for the introduction
  • Use between one to three paragraphs for the rest of the information.



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